Aloe Vera is an incredible succulent plant which needs no introduction. We all know its benefits well. It has earned a great presence in several households. Be it a worst case of acne or skin infection Aloe Vera is an ultimate cure one can depend upon. Did you know that humble plant has a lot to offer?
Aloe Vera stores water in its fleshy and thick leaves. The leaves produce a gel, which is less or more water with various other nutrients, and the sap, also called as aloe latex. The ‘plant of immortality’ can also do miracles on your health.
Benefits of Aloe Vera for Skincare and Beauty
Fine lines and wrinkles can appear when we age. This way, Aloe Vera helps prevent such aging signs. This way, you can formulate your own moisturizing face pack with olive oil, Aloe Vera and oatmeal to make your skin softer and smoother.
How to Use it?
How Does It Work?
With age, your skin is likely to get dry and lose its elasticity. It becomes more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Aloe removes dead skin cells and moisturizes your skin. According to a research, Aloe Vera improves skin elasticity and makes it suppler and smoother.
Moisturizes Your Skin
Aloe Vera gel is considered to be a go-to moisturizer for many. It works as a miracle on the acne-prone and oily skin. It can be extracted directly from the plant and applied to the skin. On the other side, you can also buy over-the-counter aloe gels. Be sure that it has 90% to 100% of pure aloe gel. If you want to make your own, peel off the outer part of Aloe Vera leaf and scoop out the gel and massage it on your face. Store the remaining gel in the fridge. Aloe Vera can moisturize your skin and keep it hydrated without letting it oily.
Reduces inflammation with Sunburn
Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties due to which it is used widely as an after-sun treatment. You can apply the Aloe Vera gel directly on the sunburned area. Aloe Vera reduces redness due to the exposure of sun rays.
Removes Blemishes and Reduces Acne
The Aloe gel helps reduce acne and remove acne scars and blemishes which are left behind. Blend 1 tbsp of Aloe Vera gel with 2-3 lemon juice drops to reduce acne scars and acne. Lemon has skin lightening properties to help remove blemishes. It is widely considered as the overnight treatment.
Aloe Vera is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent which reduces acne. It also has polysaccharides which can improve new cell growth. It can speed up the process of healing to prevent scars. Keep in mind that lemon can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. So better to use sunblock before you go outdoors!
Heals Insect Bites and External Wounds
Aloe Vera is effective in insect bites and wounds. You can use Aloe Vera as a topical treatment for bruises, small cuts, and insect bites. You can also use it as aftershave lotion to soothe your irritated skin.
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera
Having aloe vera juice is helpful to reduce inflammation. You can buy Aloe Vera juice from the market. But you can make fresh juice from Aloe Vera plant at your home. All you need to cut off 1 aloe vera leaf, peel off and remove the aloe latex (a yellow sap underneath the leaf). Take out the gel and remove all the residual sap and place it in a blender. Add 1 cup of water and 1 tsp honey and blend it well.
Oxidative damage is one of the major causes of inflammation because of free radicals in the body. Aloe Vera is enriched with antioxidants which bond well with free radicals and manage inflammation. Keep in mind that aloe latex can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort due to its laxative properties.
Eases Acid Influx and Heartburn
Aloe Vera juice is used to treat GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease) which causes symptoms like chest pain, heartburn, and problem in swallowing. The anti-inflammatory properties of Aloe Vera soothe esophagus and stomach lining.
Controls Blood Sugar and Reduces Cholesterol
Despite being in preliminary stages, a research has proved that Aloe Vera is helpful to reduce cholesterol. It also controls blood sugar as a supplement. According to some clinical studies, Aloe Vera can reduce blood glucose levels and concentration of cholesterol.
For Oral Hygiene
It has been claimed that Aloe Vera is as effective as toothpaste in order to maintain oral hygiene. Aloe Vera gel has antibacterial properties to help combat cavity and germs. It also helps prevent diseases causing periodontitis and gum inflammation.
Aloe Vera propels your cells to generate cytokines and nitric oxide that help boost your immune system.
Reduces Cancer Risk
The effect of Aloe Vera is closely related to its anticancer properties and antitumor properties on the immune system. Aloe Vera improves immunity and helps our body fight against tumors indirectly. According to studies, it can reduce the size of tumors and boost survival rate. However, Aloe latex can lead to gastrointestinal problems and is unsafe for consumption.
If you are breastfeeding or are pregnant, you should avoid using aloe gel because it may aggravate kidney problems and intestinal conditions. Aloe Vera reduces blood sugar. So, people who are supposed to undergo surgery and diabetics must check out their blood sugar levels.
Aloe Vera plant grows well in dry and humid climate. To let your Aloe plant grow well, make sure the plant gets enough heat and sunlight. Though it needs water, don’t overdo it or it can hamper its growth. Stop watering the plant when its leaves become yellow. Also don’t use fertilizer on the soil where it grows in.